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Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

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Symbiosis International University, Pune India

Ranking

# 641-650QS World University Rankings

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48Undergraduate programs

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66Postgraduate programs

International

995International students

About Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is a multi-disciplinary university offering its students and faculty a vibrant learning ecosystem designed around its multi-cultural and innovative ethos. Established in 1971 by Prof. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, it is a ‘home away from home’ for International students. The Institution is based on the principles of Vedic thought of "World as One Family". The University's name fittingly captures the quintessence of the relationship with International students; a mutually beneficial bond between India and the International student community. Symbiosis is committed to building international understanding by offering quality education, and is resplendent of the activities and students of more than 85 countries.


Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) offers doctoral, post graduate, under graduate, diploma and certificate programmes in Law, Management, Computer Studies, Medical, Health Sciences, Media & Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering and Architecture & Design. The University has established research centres in various domains which include the Symbiosis Centre for Advance and Legal Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Waste Resource Management, ​​​​​​​Symbiosis Centre for Stem Cell Research, Symbiosis Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Symbiosis Center for Medical Image Analysis, Symbiosis Centre for Behavioural Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Symbiosis Centre for Research on International Higher Education, Symbiosis Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability, Symbiosis Centre for Urban Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Ambedkar Studies and the Symbiosis Centre for Research in Media and Creative Industries in past few years. These Research Centres are led by the researchers of repute in respective disciplines and are being developed as the Centres of Excellence of the future.


In India, SIU has been awarded Category-I status by University Grants Commission, and an ‘A++’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It is ranked at 32nd in the Indian Rankings by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023 under the Universities Category.

Internationally, the QS World University Rankings 2025 has placed the University in the 641-650 range and ranked it as the 2nd Best Private University in India. Additionally, SIU has been ranked 31st in the world and 1st in India for Employer Reputation. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 has ranked the University in the 351-400 band in Asia and 22nd in India.

SIU is also the proud recipient of a Diamond rating in Indian colleges and universities by QS I-GAUGE (2023). Notably, SIU is the first university globally to receive the 2000W Smart Cities Certification (2019).

The University has established the Symbiosis Medical College for Women and its attached Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre which have state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.


Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is committed towards generation of knowledge, innovations and its contribution towards the development of the Nation.

Find out more about the student life at Symbiosis via its social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is a multi-disciplinary university offering its students and faculty a vibrant learning ecosystem designed around its multi-cultural and innovative ethos. Established in 1971 by Prof. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, it is a ‘home away from home’ for International students. The Institution is based on the principles of Vedic thought of "World as One Family". The University's name fittingly captures the quintessence of the relationship with International students; a mutually beneficial bond between India and the International student community. Symbiosis is committed to building international understanding by offering quality education, and is resplendent of the activities and students of more than 85 countries.


Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) offers doctoral, post graduate, under graduate, diploma and certificate programmes in Law, Management, Computer Studies, Medical, Health Sciences, Media & Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering and Architecture & Design. The University has established research centres in various domains which include the Symbiosis Centre for Advance and Legal Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Waste Resource Management, ​​​​​​​Symbiosis Centre for Stem Cell Research, Symbiosis Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Symbiosis Center for Medical Image Analysis, Symbiosis Centre for Behavioural Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence, Symbiosis Centre for Research on International Higher Education, Symbiosis Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability, Symbiosis Centre for Urban Studies, Symbiosis Centre for Ambedkar Studies and the Symbiosis Centre for Research in Media and Creative Industries in past few years. These Research Centres are led by the researchers of repute in respective disciplines and are being developed as the Centres of Excellence of the future.


In India, SIU has been awarded Category-I status by University Grants Commission, and an ‘A++’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It is ranked at 32nd in the Indian Rankings by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023 under the Universities Category.

Internationally, the QS World University Rankings 2025 has placed the University in the 641-650 range and ranked it as the 2nd Best Private University in India. Additionally, SIU has been ranked 31st in the world and 1st in India for Employer Reputation. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 has ranked the University in the 351-400 band in Asia and 22nd in India.

SIU is also the proud recipient of a Diamond rating in Indian colleges and universities by QS I-GAUGE (2023). Notably, SIU is the first university globally to receive the 2000W Smart Cities Certification (2019).

The University has established the Symbiosis Medical College for Women and its attached Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre which have state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.


Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is committed towards generation of knowledge, innovations and its contribution towards the development of the Nation.

Find out more about the student life at Symbiosis via its social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Available programs

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University information

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) offers a wide range of programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies. This guide details the admission process for each level, along with information for international students.

Undergraduate Programmes

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET Test) is the gateway for Under Graduate Programmes of SIU. This mandatory computer-based exam is your key to various programmes, including Law, Management, Engineering, Computer Studies, Economics, Mass Communication, and more.

 

Students aspiring to get admission for UG programmes offered by institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) have to appear for the common, mandatory Computer Based Test(s) (CBT). Since 2018, “SET – General” is known as Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET), “SET – Law” test is known as Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT) and “SET – Engineering” as SIT Engineering Entrance Exam (SITEEE). These are conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode across various cities of India.


New and Flexible Programme Structure:

Aligned with India's National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, SIU offers a four-year undergraduate programme with multiple exit options. This allows you to:

  • Pursue single or double majors
  • Explore minors in other disciplines
  • Engage in multidisciplinary studies
  • Take skill enhancement courses

The programme integrates practical learning experiences, research opportunities, and community engagement. You can even participate in semester exchange programmes at foreign universities. Here are the flexible exit options:

  • Certificate (after Year 1 with 44 credits)
  • Diploma (after Year 2 with 84 credits)
  • Undergraduate Degree (after Year 3 with 120 credits)
  • Undergraduate Degree with Honours/Research (after Year 4 with 160 credits)

* Not applicable for programmes under SLAT and SITEEE.

 

Post Graduate Programmes

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP Test) is the gateway for Post Graduate Programmes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

A candidate aspiring to join an MBA programme offered by any Institute of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) [SIU] has to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Computer Based Test (CBT).

The candidate needs to:

a) Register for SNAP Test

b) Pay the registration fee for SNAP Test

c) Register for her/his choice of programme(s) offered by any Institute of SIU

d) Pay the registration fee, separately for each programme.

If shortlisted for a programme applied to, the candidate would then need to participate in the further admission process (GE-PI) of that particular programme.

The registration process (including the payment of the registration fee) for SNAP and Institutes is integrated. A candidate can complete the SNAP as well as programme registration (as well as pay the registration fee) on the same portal (snaptest.org)

For more details please visit, www.snaptest.org

Doctoral Programmes

 

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) offers a Ph.D. programme under the guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission. The programme is offered under the faculties of Law, Management, Computer Studies, Medical and Health Sciences, Media & Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Engineering.

 

The University predetermines the number of doctoral students that can be admitted to the programme based on the number of available research guides. The University aims to maintain a high standard in its research, and with this goal in mind, and as per the directives of the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor on recommendation of the Academic Council, the University has followed a specific criterion of selection.

 

For more details visit, https://scri.siu.edu.in/ 

International Student Admissions

 

Admissions of international students are centralized for all the constituent institutes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) and are routed through the Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE). The admission procedure for foreign students is designed taking into consideration the requirements and difficulties faced by every individual. The online admission procedure has made it accessible to each and every student to apply from different parts of the world and in the comfort of their homes. The student is required to come to India only when the applicant is shortlisted for a particular programme chosen by the student. Through the system of online admissions, students are not only able to check their admission status but also make all their payments online.

SCIE earmarks 15% of the total intake of the respective programme for international students which include, Foreign Nationals (FN), Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card Holders, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Card Holders, and Non-Resident Indians (NRI).

Admission Criteria for NRI Students:


Graduation Transcripts - 80% weightage

Entrance Test (SET/SAT) - 10% weightage

Statement of Purpose - 5% weightage

Two Letters of Recommendation - 5% weightage

 

Students applying under the NRI category are NOT required to appear for the English Proficiency Test (IELA/IELTS Examination).

 

Admission Criteria for FN/PIO/OCI Students:


Graduation Transcripts - 90% weightage

Statement of Purpose - 5% weightage

Two Letters of Recommendation - 5% weightage

Students applying as FN/PIO/OCI are required to appear for the English Proficiency Test (IELTS/IELA examination)

 

In case of Postgraduate programmes:


A student is eligible to apply as a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) if he/she is an Indian National and has appeared for the 12th examination (equivalent to the Indian 12th) or graduation outside India. It is mandatory for one of the two qualifying examinations to be given outside India.

 

Admission Criteria for NRI Students:


Graduation Transcripts - 80% weightage

Entrance Test (SNAP/GMAT) - 10% weightage

Statement of Purpose - 5% weightage

Two Letters of Recommendation - 5% weightage

 

Students applying under the NRI category are NOT required to appear for the English Proficiency Test (IELA/IELTS Examination).

 

Admission Criteria for FN/PIO/OCI Students:

Graduation Transcripts - 90% weightage

Statement of Purpose - 5% weightage

Two Letters of Recommendation - 5% weightage

Students applying as FN/PIO/OCI are required to appear for the English Proficiency Test (IELTS/IELA examination)

 

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain whether they possess the requisite qualifications for admission.

For more details, visit www.scie.ac.in or write to [email protected]


SIU offers a wide range of programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies. This guide details the admission process for each level, along with information for

Important Resources:

Important Note:   Symbiosis International (Deemed University)  does not charge any donation or capitation fees for admission to any programmes. 

General

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Located among lush hills, the main campus of the University offers a chance to coexist with nature as it stands over a valley surrounded by clouds and painted green in its best season. Powered by solar sources, its eco-friendly functioning makes for a perfect setting for contemplative and incisive study far from the worries and hustle of the city. Designed to conserve natural resources, the Lavale campus incorporates a rain water harvesting project to conserve water and re-use it effectively for various purposes. Envisioned as a green zone, students are encouraged to walk, and bicycles have been provided for transport.

One Network One Campus: The University has One Network One Campus One Firewall Policy providing centralised monitoring with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity. The campuses are Wi-Fi enabled with adequate number of well-furnished ICT enabled classrooms with desktops / laptops, LCD projectors, audio systems, and 24 X 7 internet connectivity.

Library: Libraries are fully computerized, stacked with 3,87,380 print copies of textbooks and reference books, and interconnected using OPAC with ‘KOHA’. The library portal facilitates access to 2,21,573 e-books, 98,050 e-journals, and 117 databases with around 62541 individual logins on the library portal.

Sports facilities: Sports & Games are essential components of human resource development, helping to promote good health, comradeship & spirit of healthy competition which in turn has positive impact on holistic development of personality of the Youth who is potential source of energy, enthusiasm and inspiration for development, progress and prosperity of a Nation. On campus sports and recreation facilities are some of the best and offer many outdoor recreation options for all. We boast of 13 indoor and outdoor fitness centres ,Tennis Courts, Basketball courts, Volleyball Courts, Futsal Courts, Football Field, Cricket Field, Indoor Badminton Hall, Squash Courts, Gymnasiums, Swimming Pools, Yoga and Aerobic studios and offer many group classes, Coaching facilities, Yoga for rejuvenation and stress management and options to participate in outbound programs and competitions at all levels. The state of the art campus recreation and wellness facility is one of the finest facilities of its kind, which provides a wonderful avenue for recreation, fitness, wellbeing, de-stress and fun!

Emotional Wellbeing: Mental health encompasses our emotional, social and psychological wellbeing and is an essential part of ensuring overall health and wellness. It has a widespread impact on the different facets of one’s life. Recognizing the importance of good mental health, the Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Well-being (SCEW) is established by the University. SCEW is providing promotive, preventive, and curative mental health care services within the Symbiosis community.

Health Care facilities: The University also has a well-equipped state-of-the-art hospital the Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre at the main campus in Pune. The university offers medical facilities for all its students and teaching and non-teaching staff through Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC) at every campus. It is the “In-house Health Care Unit” of Symbiosis which provides preventive, promotive and curative health care services. All students and staff are covered under Health Insurance.

Hostels: The University provides hostel facilities at all its campuses. Canteen and mess is available at the campuses which provide healthy and delicious food for the students at reduced rates.

Dining hall & Canteen: A well-designed dining hall helps students connect with their university and develop bonds with other students. At the University, students can avail hygienic, nutritious food in our in house dining halls and canteens. The dining hall menus change on a daily basis and offer a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Banking Facilities: The University has ATMs at most of its campuses to facilitate for anytime banking.

Studios: The Symbiosis Studios, located at the main campus is a state-of the-art facility catering to all requirements of a film/television production. Equipped with a multi-camera studio, a chroma studio, two high end editing suites, a PCR recording studio and 2 photo studios, this high-end facility is a one stop shop for all filming requirements.

Students avail a fully equipped non-linear edit suite comprising of Final Cut Pro, Avid and Adobe Premiere systems. The Visual Studio comprises of a Chroma Studio and a massive shooting floor with a PCR room, Teleprompter Pro System, 2 studio camera and audio equipment. Audio-Visual equipment includes 4 Panasonic P2 HVX202AEN, 4 DVX-102 and 5 Panasonic Handicams. Audio equipment includes professional use microphones like Azden SGM 2X and Sony ECM 77B. Audio production and post-production facilities allow the students the use of Pro Tools along with a full-fledged recording studio to record their creativity at their best. Through these facilities, the students not only develop their technical skills as budding journalists and audio visual experts but also learn how to keep an open mindset and mould this technicality along with their creativity and style before entering their desired fields of agency businesses.

Studio Kitchen: A state of the art and one of its kind in the country, the Studio Kitchen is a platform for specialised culinary demonstrations and workshops by culinary experts from across the world. This 130-seater fully air conditioned culinary studio.

Exclusive facilities for Differently Abled Students

  • Specially prepared hostel rooms.
  • Ramps with railings at various places for movement & access to all places.
  • Lifts with friendly controls.
  • Disabled-friendly toilets /washrooms in academic buildings.
  • Wheelchairs at suitable places.
  • Designated parking places for DA visitors/faculty/staff, etc.
  • Special briefings to all security staff to provide all possible help & assistance to any student/staff/visitor coming to the campus & who may need any help whatsoever in this regard. 
  • Extra time for examinations.
  • Writers for examinations.
  • Counselling sessions by psychologists.
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Student life

University life extends far beyond lectures and exams. It's a unique blend of academic pursuits, personal exploration, and inter- cultural experiences. Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) isn't just a place of learning; it's a vibrant tapestry woven with academic excellence, cultural immersion, personal growth, and a thriving student community.

Here's a glimpse into what students can expect:

Academic Excellence:

Renowned Faculty: At the heart of the university’s academic prowess lies its distinguished faculty. Professors bring a wealth of experience and expertise, fostering a stimulating learning environment. They guide students not just through textbooks but also ignite intellectual curiosity and equip them with the critical thinking skills.

Diverse Programs: SIU offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across diverse disciplines namely Law, Management, Computer Studies, Medical & Health Science, Media & Communication, Humanities, Architecture & Design, and Engineering. The university is a pioneer in liberal arts education and has a strong School for Liberal Arts with departments in languages, literature, music, philosophy, art, dance, theatre, education, anthropology, political science, international relations, film studies, peace and conflict studies, mathematics and statistics, pure and applied sciences, sociology, economics, sports, etc. While offering India’s pioneering 4-year honours programme, it also offers students across SIU institutes the opportunity to study courses of liberal arts, giving them a unique edge by focusing on 360° critical thinking and innovative design thinking, with the hope of finding innovative solutions to societal problems. Innovation and entrepreneurship programmes, an incubation centre and seed money for student /faculty research completes the learning ecosystem.

The NEP Advantage: Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is committed to providing a transformative educational experience for its students and academic community by aligning with the NEP 2020. Embracing India's National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, SIU's undergraduate programmes have undergone a transformative shift. The new structure offers great flexibility. The University provides students with a diverse range of options in their major and minor fields of study. Moreover, the university emphasizes the significance of multidisciplinary learning by requiring students to take courses outside of their primary area of focus. Pursue single or double majors, delve into minors in other fields, or embark on a path of multidisciplinary exploration. The programme also integrates skill enhancement courses, ensuring you graduate not only with theoretical knowledge but also with practical abilities relevant to today's job market. Furthermore, the programme boasts multiple entry and exit options, empowering you to tailor your studies based on your individual needs and aspirations.

Technology & Innovation: The University believes in providing a dynamic learning environment to every learner. The ICT-enabled classrooms, well-equipped labs, and modern technology empower the students to engage themselves in experiential learning and research, staying ahead in today's digital world.

Beyond the Classroom:

University life at SIU isn't confined to textbooks and exams. Recreational areas, quality dining with diverse options, and well-maintained spaces foster a healthy community. Adequate housing creates a sense of security and belonging. Green spaces, landscaping, and architecture contribute to a positive ambiance.

Service Learning: Symbiosis has a balanced and holistic curriculum emphasizing not only academic rigour but service learning (community service) and environmental education. All students must complete a community service activity, and a course on environmental awareness is mandatory.

Industry Exposure: To ensure students remain updated on the latest industry trends, the university regularly collaborates with industry professionals. Guest lectures by industry experts provide valuable insights into the real-world application of skills and help students bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Sports and Recreation: The Department of Sports and Recreation Wellness (DSRW) of the University provides access to state-of-the-art facilities and offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year.

A Buzz of Activities: SIU boasts a plethora of student-run clubs and committees catering to diverse interests. Whether one is a budding cultural enthusiast seeking a platform for artistic expression in the Dramatics Club or a future entrepreneur honing his/ her business acumen in the Entrepreneurship Cell, there's something for everyone. Additionally, students can engage in stimulating debates with the Debating Society, athletics by being member of the Sports Club.

A Tapestry of Cultures: Throughout the year, SIU pulsates with a celebration of diverse festivals and cultural events. The cultural activities include traditional dance performances during festivals, international cultural programs or food festivals.

Home Away from Home: SIU offers comfortable on-campus housing facilities, providing a sense of community and fostering lifelong friendships. These residential halls come equipped with modern amenities like sports grounds, healthcare centers, and well-maintained common areas.

Global Exposure: SIU facilitates semester exchange programs with renowned universities worldwide. These international experiences equip students with intercultural competencies, global connections, and a broadened understanding of the world. The University offers students opportunities to participate in semester exchange, summer/winter schools, volunteering/internship programs, and to study globally relevant courses offered by over 80+ collaborative partners.

Prioritizing Well-being: Recognizing the importance of a holistic approach to education, SIU prioritizes the well-being of its students. The university offers access to sports facilities, counselling services, and workshops on mental health awareness.

Healthcare: Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre (SUHRC) with state-of-the-art facilities provides healthcare services for all the students, faculty, and staff.

Support Systems that Matter

SIU goes beyond academics and actively supports students in their journey towards success in their chosen field:

Career Path: SIU's dedicated placement cells work tirelessly to equip students with tools needed to get their dream jobs. From resume writing workshops to mock interview sessions and career fairs, the University provide comprehensive guidance on career development. These placement cells maintain strong relationships with leading companies across various industries, facilitating successful placements for graduates.

Fostering Innovation: Aspiring entrepreneurs find fertile ground at SIU. The university's incubation centres provide budding businesses with invaluable resources like mentoring, office space, and even seed funding.

Overall, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) strives to provide a well-rounded educational experience that goes beyond academics, preparing students for success in their chosen field and as a global citizen.

Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) is one of the top private universities in Pune, India. It is ranked #641-650 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

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